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Federal Civil Defense Administration
Duck and Cover (Wikipedia)
From the Wikipedia:
Duck and Cover was a social guidance film produced in 1951 by the United States federal government's Civil Defense branch shortly after the Soviet Union began nuclear testing. Written by Raymond J. Mauer and directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions and made with the help of schoolchildren from New York City and Astoria, New York, it was shown in schools as the cornerstone of the government's "duck and cover" public awareness campaign. The movie states that nuclear war could happen at any time without warning, and U.S. citizens should keep this constantly in mind and be ever ready.
This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix
Producer: Federal Civil Defense Administration
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: FedFlix; ntis.gov
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Victor Von Psychotron -
Subject: Nothing short of brilliant
If you want to see how the atomic bomb scare was perceived in the 50's and 60's, look no further. I'm willing to bet one of the secret purposes of "duck and cover" was so that your teeth could be preserved for dental record identification after you'd been burned to a crisp.
mother nyx -
Subject: Typical Advice for the Masses
I watched every minute of this film...and could not keep myself from laughing! So much good advice is given, such as...
3:08 "...cover the back of your neck with your face."
Not sure how much protection a newspaper is against gamma rays. Perhaps it can be used as a sanitary...er...wipe to help us clean up after such a shocking event.
During the picnic scene, I expected the line, "Jim, those burgers have been seared to perfection, crisp on the outside, fully of juicy goodness, ready to be enjoyed by the entire family!"
Leaving a bicycle in the middle of the road is sure to lead to accidents. Poor little guy, being picked up my a complete stranger, being told he's quite safe.
Jumping off a tractor to take cover in front of a back wheel, especially when said tractor is likely to move forward over Farmer Brown in the blast of an atomic bomb, is not what I would call good advice.
Five stars for entertainment value! Haven't laughed this hard in years! : - D
Subject: a refresher course? One would hope not.
I have goosebumps all over my arms. I have never actually watched the whole thing before. What a world. Special note to the statement that even a piece of newspaper can help prevent burns in an atomic explosion. What a world.
I dare you to watch the whole thing, thank god its not relevant anymore....?